Saturday, August 13, 2016

Major Political Shake-Up In The Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Sergei Ivanov © Aleksey Nikolskyi / Sputnik

Wall Street Journal: Russia’s Putin Fires Top Aide in Highest-Profile Dismissal in Years

Sergei Ivanov, once seen as a possible successor, has been a key ally for years.

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his top aide on Friday, a surprise move for a leader who rarely parts with such longtime allies.

Mr. Putin said in televised remarks that Sergei Ivanov, a former intelligence official who has been a key lieutenant of the president for almost two decades, was resigning as his chief of staff and would be succeeded by his deputy.

The president issued an order to relieve Mr. Ivanov of his duties and held a televised meeting with him and his successor. Mr. Putin praised Mr. Ivanov’s work and recalled that Mr. Ivanov had requested not to work as chief of staff for more than four years.

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WNU Editor: I have been doing this blog for about 8 years .... and I have posted around 75,000 posts. During this time I have never censored myself when it came to commenting on a story ..... until now. I am just going to say that this story hits my home a little too close, and while I will post on what is being reported on this story, I am going to keep my opinions to myself. In the meantime, I will let others do the talking .... What Putin’s latest political shakeup means for Kremlin insiders (Russian Insider)

More News On Russian President Putin's Dismissal Of His Chief Of Staff

Putin removes Kremlin chief of staff from duties -- RT
Kremlin Reshuffle Sees New Chief of Staff Appointed -- Sputnik
Putin gets new right-hand man as chief of staff exits -- Reuters
Putin fires chief of staff, sign of fatigue with old guard -- AP
Russia's Putin sacks chief of staff Sergei Ivanov -- BBC
Putin Dismisses Sergei Ivanov, a Longtime Ally, as Chief of Staff -- NYT
Vladimir Putin Removes Member of Inner Circle in Surprise Shake-Up -- ABC News
Putin Dismisses Long-Time Ally Ivanov as His Chief-of-Staff -- Bloomberg
Kremlin shakeup raises questions about Putin's motives -- Dina Gusovsky, CNBC
Vladimir Putin Sacks Longtime Ally as Kremlin Chief of Staff -- Newsweek
Russian reshuffle claims another big name: Putin's chief of staff -- Fred Weir, CSM
Putin Dismissed His Chief of Staff. What Does It Mean for Russia? -- Foreign Policy
Why Putin is sacking his most long-trusted advisors -- AP


RussInSoCal said...

The phrase, "consolidation of power" can be used in several different contexts in Russia right now.

Jay Farquharson said...

The guy "resigned", with the Russian equivalent of "spending more time with family",

In Republican speak, that means he got caught diddling male pages in the cloakroom,

In Democratic speak, that mean's he got caught ripping off sponsors,

In Canada speak, it means he lost $150k on a shady real estate deal.

Not really sure what it means in Russia.

War News Updates Editor said...

Good one Jay and RussInSocal

Anonymous said...

It's not a true break unless they bill his family for the bullets.

RRH said...

Does this have something to do with it?

RRH said...

A piece below implies that Mr. Ivanov may not have been the best manager but that a policy shift is not taking place. I have my doubts. Maybe our Editor can tell us more, but it appears things are not going as well economically in Russia as we're being led to believe.

It also looks like Kiev is pushing a checker again, China may be looking for closer cooperation militarily, while the talks with Turkey did not go all that well and Syria drags on.

Putin has his hands full.